Adrian Wojnarowski: Restricted free agent F Jarred Vanderbilt has agreed to stay with the Minnesota Timberwolves on a new three-year, $13.8 million deal, his agent Kevin Bradbury of @Rep1Basketball tells ESPN.
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Jon Krawczynski on Jarred Vanderbilt: He has been hoping to get a multi year deal at a number that I think that he feels is commensurate with what is going to be expected of him to contribute. The Timberwolves have him sort of backed into a corner. He has no other options right now.
Darren Wolfson on Jarred Vanderbilt and Jordan MacLaughlin: The Wolves continue to work diligently trying to re-sign both restricted free agents.. in particular with Vanderbilt. Everything is on the table, including signing the qualifying offer, which would then lead him to be an unrestricted free agent in a year. But the hope is a long-term a multi-year contract can be worked out. Of the two, I would say the Wolves are making more progress on McLaughlin.
The Wolves had discussions with Vanderbilt about a possible extension, but those went nowhere, sources said, and now they will have the right to match any offer that comes along for him or McLaughlin.
Adrian Wojnarowski: The Timberwolves extended qualifying offers to Jarred Vanderbilt and Jordan McLaughlin, making them restricted free agents, source tells ESPN.
If the Wolves do not reach a contract agreement with him before free agency opens this summer, Vanderbilt will be a restricted free agent. That would give the Wolves the right to match any offer that comes in. For his part, Vanderbilt says he likes the vibe around a team that has played much better down the stretch and he doesn’t take for granted that the opportunity he long hoped to get came in Minnesota. “It’s been a rocky journey, but those guys have supported me throughout the whole way,” Vanderbilt said. “They’ve seen me put in the work, so as a teammate when I see guys putting in the work and you see them paying off, it’s a great feeling to see it work out.”
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September 27, 2021 | 8:29 am EDT Update
After weeks of conversation with James, Davis and then-Lakers forward Jared Dudley, who emerged as a sort of consigliere to the Lakers’ superstars in these meetings, Westbrook believed he was on his way to L.A. For years he had angled to get home, and now everything was lining up for it to finally happen. There was only one problem: The Lakers’ efforts to complete the fairytale had been repeatedly stymied by the Wizards’ refusal to make Westbrook available because, sources said, they still planned on moving forward with the Westbrook-Beal backcourt. Westbrook, for his part, would have played out the remaining two seasons on his deal if a trade hadn’t materialized. “No one thought that Russ would get out,” said one source close to the discussions.
That day, a telltale moment occurred: Westbrook received a tip. Not only could the Lakers not break through with the Wizards, but also they were on the cusp of trading Kyle Kuzma and Montrezl Harrell — players whose salaries would be required to execute a Westbrook trade — to the Kings for Hield. “That set Russ off,” one source said. “All he wanted, by any means, was to be a Laker.”
On Sunday, the Lakers reached agreement on a two-year deal with guard Austin Reaves, converting his two-way contract to a standard NBA deal ahead of training camp. The Lakers will have a team option on the second year of Reaves‘ contract, sources said. Reaves, a 6-foot-5 combo guard, has impressed the Lakers throughout the offseason and had a strong showing at James’ minicamp. James and Westbrook even had the rookie conduct some fun-loving errands throughout the weekend in Vegas.
Sources said Pelinka and his front-office group strongly considered executing a sign-and-trade for the 32-year-old DeRozan, giving up Kuzma and Caldwell-Pope in the process, but couldn’t come to consensus terms with the Spurs in free agency or a suitable contract number for DeRozan. What’s more, sources say the DeRozan option never advanced to the point that it was presented to Buss.
Elsewhere on the roster, former All-Star center Andre Drummond’s midseason arrival not only failed to pay off on the court, but also, according to sources, poisoned the well with Gasol, who had joined the Lakers after being promised the starting job, sources said, only to be replaced by Drummond, who was given the same pledge.